Meet The Chamber Staff


Teresa O. Rankin - Interim President 

After 15 years of Chamber experience with the Gaston Chamber of Commerce, Teresa in 2006 became the first executive director of First Things First, a nonprofit service organization in Gaston County. But her love for Chamber work was deep, and when the rapidly growing Montcross Area Chamber was ready to expand to a second full-time staff member, she joined the team in May, 2007 as vice president. She was named interim president in July 2020, and will continue working to help local businesses succeed, expand and create jobs in Gaston County. 

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 Julie Bowen - Director of Member Services

Julie Bowen of Belmont brings years of customer and member service experience to her new position as Director of Member Service at the Montcross Area Chamber. A Gaston County native, Julie worked in health care for six years as business manager at ENT Carolina in Gastonia, where she managed the administrative staff among other responsibilities. She also worked previously as program director at Bethesda United Methodist Day School at the Nalle Clinic in Charlotte and at the Gaston Regional Chamber. Julie and her husband John have six children, including two who are grown, two at Belmont Middle School and two at South Point High School. For information on joining the Chamber, information about your Chamber membership or about Chamber events and programs, call Julie at 704.825.5307, ext. 3, or email her at

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